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Pi in the Sky Infographic and Math Challenge

Pi in the Sky Infographic and Math Challenge


How to Do a Science Fair Project

This six-part video series walks students through all the ins and outs of crafting their very own science fair project -- including notes for teachers and parents.

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How Pi Makes NASA/JPL Go 'Round

This printable infographic shows students how scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory use Pi and gives them a Pi challenge of their own.

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Art and the Cosmic Connection

Love art? Want science? Learners of all ages use art techniques to begin to understand and interpret the features on distant objects in our solar sytem.

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How to Build and Launch a Foam Rocket

Students make a rubber-band-powered rocket and then take on a math challenge while competing for the farthest flight.

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Math Rocks: A Lesson in Asteroid Dynamics

Students take on the role of a NASA scientist in this high school math problem set featuring a real-life asteroid encounter.

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Create a Comet With Dry Ice

Build an icy model of a comet, complete with shooting jets, out of dry ice to demonstrate to students. Safety precautions are required.

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Inflatable Planetarium, Creating Stories in the Sky

Learn how to make your very own planetarium and take your classroom on a journey to the stars.

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Make a Comet Activity

This comet-building activity lets students get creative all while learning about the components of a comet.

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Moon Phases Demonstration

This lunar activity helps students learn the phases of the moon by having them act out the various phases.

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How to Make a Crater

You can whip up a moon-like crater with cake ingredients. The activity works in classrooms, camps and at home.

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Water Balloon Activity Illustrates Warming Oceans

Try this activity using a water balloon to show how Earth's oceans are absorbing most of the heat being trapped on our warming world.

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Modeling Activity Complements Asteroid Encounter

Students mold mounds of clay into tiny asteroids.

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Soda-Straw Rocket Activity Soars

Students study rocket stability as they construct and launch paper rockets in an activity that’s short on time but big on learning and fun.

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Ion Engine Simulation Game

This web game helps spark students’ understanding of charged particles.

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Rockets by Size

Students work on cutting, drawing and basic math as they cut and color paper rockets. Recommended for students in kindergarten and first grade.

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Planet Size and Distance: Solar System Bead Activity

Students create a scale model of the solar system using beads and string.

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Marsbound! Mission to the Red Planet

This fun board game activity teaches students the process of design, engineering and technology for a mission to Mars.

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Pinwheel Activity Demos Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Students create a model of Jupiter's Great Red Spot rotating like a pinwheel around a central point to demonstrate the atmospheric dynamics of the cyclonic storm.

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Fire Image Offers Lesson in Space-Based Observations

What can an instrument in space tell us about the fires tearing through southern California?

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Whip Up a Mouth-Watering Meteorite Activity

Students can learn about meteorites and eat them, too, in this edible meteorite modeling activity.

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